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Meat at Work?
I work in my college dining hall. The
foods are mostly meat-based, but I am encouraging them
to provide some vegan options. Is it unethical for a
vegan to work for a business that uses animal products
Occupation is indeed an ethical consideration
for vegans, and if you feel your job promotes the use
of animal-based foods, then you may want to consider
working elsewhere. On the other hand, you might be able
to more actively participate in the decision to include
vegan options in the dining hall if you remain in your
In general, vegans find working around
meat and other animal products to be disturbing and
at odds with their ethics. But each person must weigh
all of the factors in light of her or his own circumstances.
You may want to implement all the changes you can in
the dining hall and then move on once you are confident
they are securely in place. Alternatively, you could
continue to work in the dining hall but request a different
position that deals only with animal-free food choices.
Or, if you feel too uncomfortable, you could look for
another job and go about establishing vegan options
from a vantage point outside of the dining hall. As
long as you are aware of the conflicts between your
work and your beliefs, and are conscious of your priorities,
you will be able to determine where and how you can
be most effective.
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